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Academic Health Science Networks have been recognised for their work on sepsis and the deteriorating patient, and improving hydration to reduce the risk of infection at the national Patient Safety Awards.

In total, five AHSNs were shortlisted for ten projects. Oxford and West of England AHSN won their categories, while the Health Innovation Network (AHSN for South London) was highly commended.

The ceremony, held as part of the HSJ’s annual Patient Safety Congress in Manchester on 9 July, was hosted by TV and radio presenter (and former member of the Communards) Reverend Richard Coles.

Celia Ingham-Clark, Interim NHS National Director of Patient Safety, NHS Improvement, said:

“I am delighted that the work of Oxford and West of England patient safety collaboratives have been recognised at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards, alongside many outstanding examples of initiatives to improve patient safety. These two projects show how seemingly simple interventions and a consistent, collaborative approach can make a real difference to patient outcomes and experience of care.  Congratulations to the PSC teams who are working so hard to support quality improvement and make patient safety a priority.”

Cheryl Crocker, AHSN Network Chair – patient safety leads, presented the Patient Safety Team of the Year award, sponsored by the Patient Safety Collaborative. She said:

“It was a great night with many outstanding and inspiring examples of patient safety improvements. Often the judges commented how effective these initiatives would be if they could be taken up around the country and as a network of fifteen Patient Safety Collaboratives, we are best-placed to help make that a reality. Congratulations to our winners in The AHSN Network, which were richly deserved.”

The winning entries were:

  • Quality improvement initiative of the year: Winner – Oxford AHSN for ‘Reducing urinary tract infections through hydration’
  • Deteriorating patients and rapid response systems: Winner – West of England AHSN for ‘Regional programme to improve the reliability of recognition and response to the deteriorating patient’

Highly commended:

  • Product or innovation – public: Health Innovation Network, London for ‘Spotting the signs of sepsis’

The other AHSN finalists were:

  • Quality improvement initiative of the year: Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Improvement Academy for ‘Learning from healthcare deaths’
  • Clinical governance and risk management: West of England AHSN for ‘A collaborative approach to learning from deaths’
  • Care of older people:
    • East Midlands AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative for ‘LPZ – care homes prevalence audit tool’ and ‘Delirium prevention in elective orthopaedic surgery’
    • Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative and East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group for ‘Reducing urinary tract infections through hydration’
  • Patient safety in the community:
    • East Midlands AHSN for ‘Implementing an international benchmarking tool into UK care homes to improve the safety of care’
    • Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative and East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group for ‘Reducing urinary tract infections through hydration’.
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